For the Kids, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital eNewsletter

March 2017

DM at UF raises $2.7M

After 26.2 hours on their feet, students at the University of Florida gave their biggest cheers at Dance Marathon’s closing ceremonies on Sunday, March 26, when the leadership team revealed the final total of $2,724,324.19.

Last year, DM at UF raised $2.4 million. Congratulations to the students and all involved!

There is still time to make a gift online if you'd like to support Dance Marathon at UF 2017.

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Arden

Ambassador Highlight: Meet Harper

A little over three years ago, Harper Jean “Bean” Youmans made her entrance to the world. Born a petite 18-inches-long and weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces, Harper’s size did not match her big laughs and smiles.

As she grew older, her mother, Leslie, noticed some alarming things. At 6-months-old, Harper’s eyes stared crossing. She lost the ability to sit up well on her own.She stopped bouncing on her mother’s lap with her legs, and she became irritable and fussy. By 12 months, she was not crawling or walking, and she didn’t sleep well.


NICU renovations complete

The newest addition to the unit is a 1,000 sq. ft. space featuring a large family and visitor waiting area, sibling play space and family support room.



Have you registered for the UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge?

Please join us for the inaugural Celebrity Gridiron Challenge on Sunday, April 9 at the Diamond Sports Complex (24880 NW 16th Ave., Newberry, FL 32669).

This free, family friendly event will feature:

• Flag football gridiron challenge

• Tailgate with food trucks

• Face painting, arts and crafts and more

• Celebrity appearances from our CMN Ambassadors (and a rather famous reptilian couple)

• Free admission for spectators

Sponsorship and team opportunities available! All funds raised will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Get more information at



Events and Campaigns Calendar


April 8

OwlThon at FAU | As the fastest-growing Dance Marathon program in the country, OwlThon is proud to hold its fourth annual event this spring. Get involved in the movement!


April 9

UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge | We are pleased to announce our inaugural Celebrity Gridiron Challenge benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. This two-day event will feature a flag football tournament with celebrity appearances and a VIP celebration.


April 28-29

Fishing for Kids | Join us at the 13th annual Saltwater Trout Fishing for Kids Tournament at Sea Hag Marina Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. This year's tournament will include a raffle, fish fry, trophies and prizes for the Kids Category and $2,500 in prizes for tournament winners! Stop by the marina Friday evening for an informal welcome event featuring a low country boil for a suggested $10 donation per family.


Planned gifts can leave a legacy

There are many options for making a charitable gift to support UF Health that won’t leave you worried about your financial security. We want to help you discover how gift planning can benefit you.

Planned gifts in support of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital provide hope for the young patients in our care and their families, and ensure that your legacy continues in perpetuity by helping others who experience the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

Find out more by visiting, or give our office a call at 352-265-7237.


UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List

We want to make the most of your donation efforts. Here is a list of year-round items that support our patients while in our care. Your contributions make a difference!

Read the wish list.